Dr Mark Brown, Micra, Epinal Equiano discussed on Scuba Shack Radio
Originally. I wanted to do a segment on recycled plastic clothing. How great ideas that we take plastic waste out of our oceans and the landfills and we turned it into the fabric brick? That produced clothing. Sounds like a no brainer in sustainability. Well researchers have found that well intentions may be doing more harm than good in the plastic recycled clothing arena why because these synthetic fibres release micro fibers when they're washed and they're tiny synthetic threads that are less than one millimeter in size in they may be the biggest source of plastic that are being dumped in the ocean according to Dr Mark Brown who is an ecologist and post post doctoral fellow at the national center of ecological analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara California the spin in rinse cycle of of a washing machine sheds a large number of plastic fibres an east fibers can't be filtered for example he estimates that one synthetic synthetic garment can produce one thousand nine hundred Micra fibers per wash with fleeces being the worst so billions of people washing billions of garments billions of times a year. You do the math. Plus there's another aspect of these little micro synthetic fibres they absorb toxins so the synthetic fibres with the toxins will work our work their way up the food chain now. Five gyor's the organization organization that worked on the microbial leads in cosmetics and Other abrasives are now turning their attention to micra fibers. So we'll we'll see if there's GonNa be some solutions for this in the future. Dr Brown has had a hard time getting the textile companies to listen. He's got a project called benign by design Did talk a little bit with autumn. Bloom down the stream to see About her her rash guards that she had out there and we had a very interesting talk about the fabrics that are used in it now. She uses epinal Equiano which is E. ACO NY l.. Essentially that's really recycled nylon. And it's using nylon that's been discarded and repurpose purpose. So it's a it's a really a closed loop system so if you have a chance to research do that pretty interesting. There's also a fabric called reprieve and that's made exclusively out of recycled plastic bottles. So what can we do about these micro fibers. Being released. A A couple of things one of them is you can hand wash certain things in that will cut down on. The number of micro fibers released the other aspect that you can and do. There's something called guppy friend their bags that you can put in the washing machine you can put your garments in those washing In the washing machine and captures the micro fibers and then there's something also called core of. CRA balls there. They go in the wash. You just put them in the washing asking machine and they apparently attract The the microphone. Finally there is something you can do on your washing machine itself. And it's called Lint v Dash to our. It's actually a filter that you can bolt on to the discharge of your washing machine which will capture sure alive. The microphone so again originally started out plastic recycled plastic clothing. Great idea but there's always a different aspects aspects that we have to consider and You know there are solutions out there so just be mindful of them and really look for those products. That may have canola in them because that seems to be a really cool way of recycling nylon and fishing nets.